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Career-Ready Programs for Active Military and Veterans

We Welcome Active Military and Veterans

Military Friendly School

Yellow Ribbon School

In honor of your service and sacrifice, Lindenwood is dedicated to your success. We’re committed to serving our military-affiliated students as they advance their education and offer:

  • A wide range of military benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon program
  • Dedicated support staff and services just for military-affiliated students
  • Opportunities to save time and money earning your degree

As a student, you’ll gain real-world skills in career-ready degree programs that offer challenging curriculums and academic support. Expert faculty members share a genuine passion for your success, both in and out of the classroom.

GI Bill®

Tuition Assistance

We’re committed to helping you acquire the education you’ve earned. We can help you determine eligibility and use the variety of programs available to make your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.

Government-Based Education Assistance

Veterans and active-duty, guard, and reserve service members, as well as their spouses and dependents, can use a variety of GI Bills® to help fund their education.

You can compare benefits easily by using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool and viewing current payment rates.

Forever GI Bill®

The Forever GI Bill® expands the eligibility for and amount of education benefits provided in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® as well as the length of time veterans have to use them. See Full Details >>

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Get help with tuition and fees, money for housing, books, and supplies. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33).

If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. See Full Details >>

Montgomery GI Bill® — Active Duty

If you have served at least two years on active duty, the Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for up to 36 months of education benefits. You must meet eligibility requirements in one of four categories. See Full Details >>

Montgomery GI Bill® — Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits for members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. If your obligation started after June 30, 1985, or for some types of training, after September 30, 1990, you may be eligible for this benefit. See Full Details >>

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E; Chapter 31)

Formerly referred to as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, this program helps you explore employment options and addresses training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. See Full Details >>

Designed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, this program aims for the VA and degree-granting institutions to pay the difference between what is covered by GI Bill® benefits and the total cost of the program. The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and if you are qualified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% rate. It does not apply for active-duty personnel, their spouses, or veterans receiving less than 100% of the benefit.

We’re proud to contribute the maximum percentage rate of 50% for a limited number of students per term. See Full Details >>

DoD Tuition Assistance (DoD TA)

Active military students may be eligible to use DoD TA to cover tuition expenses up to $250 per credit hour if they’re eligible.

Visit your service branch for more information:

Missouri State Tuition Assistance

Additional education benefits are available through the state. Please visit your service branch for more information. We suggest that all students utilizing TA benefits speak with an education representative within their unit for additional guidance.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

If you’re a qualified service member, you can transfer all 36 months or a portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to a spouse or child. The DoD approves a transfer of benefits. Learn about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)

If you’re the child or spouse of a veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, you may be able to receive between 36 and 455 months of benefits to pay for school or job training through the DEA program—also called Chapter 35. See Full Details >>

For more information regarding the GI Bill® or Tuition Assistance benefits, contact our School Certifying Official, Nia Spencer, at or 636.627.2922.

One-to-One Support

Get Connected to Needed Resources

Our Veterans Affairs Center is dedicated to your success as you transition to academia. You’ll get one-to-one support to navigate your military education benefits, so you pay the least out-of-pocket expense. We’ll help you through the admissions process and requirements while we help you:

  • Understand degree options and course scheduling
  • Determine eligibility for VA requirements
  • Connect to library services
  • Gain remote access to student portals

For more information regarding the GI Bill® or Tuition Assistance benefits, contact our School Certifying Official, Nia Spencer, at or 636.627.2922. Call 636.627.2922 or email Nia Spencer.


Transfer Credits

You can save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits and applying for scholarships. Eligibility requirements and award amounts vary, so be sure to read the full details if you think you qualify for a program.

You can save time and money earning your degree by transferring previous college credits and earning credits for your military service or career experience.

  • Undergraduate Degrees: You could complete your degree with as few as 30 credit hours—there is no limit on the number of transfer credits.
  • Graduate Degree:You may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours.

Order Your Military Transcripts

Scholarship Opportunities

To shorten your search time, we’ve curated a list of scholarships and scholarship search sites that apply to active military, veterans, and their family members. The list is not meant to be all-encompassing and you should seek additional sources as you’re able.

Active-duty military, veterans, and their families can find numerous scholarship opportunities with the following organizations.

American Legion

The American Legion’s purpose is to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by devotion to mutual helpfulness. Learn more about their scholarship opportunities:

The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship provides college funding to children of post-9/11 veterans who died on active duty, or those who have a combined VA disability rating of 50% or greater.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Paralyzed Veterans of America is proud to offer funds to PVA members and their immediate family members through our Educational Scholarship Program. You need to be a PVA member, the spouse of a member, or an unmarried, dependant child to be eligible. See Details and Application >>

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides active military and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals with a scholarship award of up to $5,000. See Details and Application >>

There are a number of federally based scholarship programs designed to meet the needs of the spouses and families of veterans. In addition to the list here, you should also review the other scholarship opportunities on this page.

Fry Scholarship

If you’re the child or surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, or a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability on or after the same date, you may qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) which grants you up to 36 months of benefits including money for tuition, housing, books, and supplies. Learn more about the Fry Scholarship

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

If you are a child of a U.S. military service member who died due to military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11, you may be eligible for this federal grant which awards between $5,983.34 and $6,495 depending upon your eligibility. See Full Details >>

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships

If you are a surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or of a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability, you could be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship from the Veterans United Foundation. See Details and Application

We’ve made a good-faith effort to curate a shortlist of free, external scholarship search sites.* Many times, simply searching on the “military” or “veterans” categories on these sites can bring up a list of additional resources.

U.S. Department of Labor

Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities with their free scholarship search tool.

An ad-free, open-access scholarship search engine that does not require registration. They list more than 20,00 award programs offering more than $85 million in funding. Search now.


Unigo offers a number of ways to search for a scholarship and facilitates matching your profile to scholarship opportunities. If you’re not ready to set up a profile, you can still search through thousands of scholarships using their category filters. Search their categories now.


An independent education organization, UniversityHQ provides students with the necessary resources to prepare and plan their career path in their chosen field. You can search for scholarships, financial aid, grants, and loans here.

*Please note that these are not our sites, and we are not responsible for the content on them. We do not represent or warrant that information contained on the linked pages is complete or accurate and always suggest you verify the information before you act upon it. You can use the Federal Trade Commission’s Scams page to educate and protect yourself and your family.

Veterans Administration

Familiarize yourself with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Find a VA location, learn more about benefits and health care, and access your records.

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The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Which Online Degree Program Is Right for You?

Lindenwood offers a wide range of career-ready programs in dynamic, professional fields that can advance your career after you exit the service or help you earn a commission or a promotion in rank. Gain the advanced skills you need for the career you want. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered 100% online, so you can study when and where it’s best for you.

Art & Design, BA

Prepare for a creative career through an interdisciplinary approach as you customize your degree and have multiple opportunities for collaboration with peers and faculty.

Art History & Visual Culture, BA

Study visual culture in the context of art history and take advantage of study abroad opportunities through this flexible program.

Criminology & Criminal Justice, BA

Explore the criminal justice system — including law enforcement, courts, and corrections — as you learn from faculty who are experienced in the field. This program also has opportunities for internships and field trips.

Game Design, BA

Gain the background you need for a career in a game studio environment. Through a curriculum that only requires basic programming skills to start, you can develop your skills using game engines like Unreal and Unity.

Human Resource Management, BA

Study the skills you need to be successful in HR through a curriculum that includes real-life situational experiences. This program is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s guidelines.

Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

Personalize your degree as you focus on three concentrations of your choice and prepare for a range of career options or graduate study.

Mass Communication, BA

The BA in Mass Communications will provide you with the background and theories of mass communication along with up-to-date knowledge needed to succeed now and in the future.

Mass Communication, BA: Media Arts Production

Learn about the media arts production realm with a BA in Mass Communications with emphasis in Media Arts Production.

Mass Communication, BA: Media Management & Sales

Learn the sales and advertising realm of media with a BA in Mass Communications with emphasis in Media Management and Sales.

Pre-Art Therapy, BA

When you pursue a BA in Pre-Art Therapy at Lindenwood, you will take courses in subjects like program design and Design I, Drawing I, Digital Foundations, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Development.

Accounting, BA/BS

Students pursuing a degree in accounting will acquire both theoretical and practical accounting skills.

Business Administration, BA/BS

Gain effective leadership skills as you focus on a specific business area, such as accounting, management, marketing, and supply chain management.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Accounting

Develop the essential business skills it takes to succeed in a variety of accounting positions with the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Lindenwood University.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Finance

Study business essentials while building the strong professional finance skills today’s employers are looking for with the online Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance program from Lindenwood University.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Health Management

Prepare for diverse roles as a leader in healthcare while building a strong understanding of business fundamentals with Lindenwood University’s online Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Management program.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Management

Develop the key leadership and management skills needed to make a difference in your business with the online BBA in Management program from Lindenwood University.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Marketing

Develop successful marketing campaigns for today’s businesses, and prepare for marketing success in the future with the online Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from Lindenwood University.

Business Administration, BA/BS: Supply Chain Management

Advance your career as an expert in an in-demand field with the online Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management degree from Lindenwood University.

Finance, BA/BS

The skills you through a BA/BS in Finance will serve you well in the business world. Finance graduates are often employed in corporate finance, investment banking, and more.

Marketing, BA/BS

Build a strong foundation in core business and marketing principles to effectively market goods and services through this ACBSP-accredited program.

Art & Design, BFA

Build a foundation in the fine arts and digital media while pursuing one of four emphasis areas: web and user experience, graphic design, digital art, or photography.

Cybersecurity, BS

Learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity to prepare for an in-demand, entry-level career in the technology industry.

Digital Marketing, BS

Learn the analytical, design, and marketing aspects of social media to prepare for a career as a social media coordinator, digital content strategist, or webmaster.

Fashion Business & Entrepreneurship, BS

Discover the business side of the fashion industry and take advantage of the opportunity to attend Fashion Week events around the world and participate in the Fashion Design and Business Advisory Council for networking, feedback, and internships.

Health Management, BS

Get ready for a role in healthcare management through a curriculum that is based on content recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

Information Technology, BS

Prepare for a career in IT with this accelerated program as you create your own specialization in areas like application development or networking.

Information Technology, BS: Applications Development

Develop the technical production skills it takes to improve the field of technology through application development with the online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Applications Development degree from Lindenwood University.

Information Technology, BS: Networking

Advance your IT career as a networking expert with the online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Networking degree from Lindenwood University.

Paramedicine, BS

Prepare for the challenges of caring for a variety of patient populations through one of the few paramedicine programs in the country. Designed for certified paramedics, this program has options for U.S. military paramedics as well.

Certificate Programs

Explore our certificate program options.

Art & Design, MA

The Master of Arts in Art & Design provides students with a firm foundation in critical theories and trends, as well as the practical application and problem solving involved in design.

Art History & Visual Culture, MA

Study the visual arts and culture of various eras through traditional and contemporary approaches, and discover how visual culture conveys meaning.

Early Intervention in Autism and Sensory Impairments, MA

Gain in-demand skills for diverse classrooms as you explore these three areas: autism spectrum disorder, deaf/hearing impairment, and vision impairment.

Education, MA

Pursue one of five concentrations – Curriculum and Instruction, Designing Curriculum for Students with Dyslexia, Designing and Implementing K-12 e-Learning, Education and Business Leadership or Library Media and Technology – as you earn your master’s degree in just two years.

Education, MA: Curriculum & Instruction

Lindenwood University’s online Curriculum and Instruction Master’s in Education concentration allows you to customize your degree to gain the skills needed for the education career you want.

Education, MA: Dyslexia Graduate Certificate

Improve the lives and learning outcomes of students with dyslexia with the online Master of Arts in Education and graduate certificate in dyslexia curriculum program from Lindenwood University.

Education, MA: K-12 e-Learning Certificate

Gain the skills to deliver outstanding educational experiences in diverse digital learning environments with the online Master of Arts in Education and the K-12 e-Learning Certificate program from Lindenwood University.

Education, MA: Library Media and Technology

An online master’s degree in library media from Lindenwood University provides you with the library media and technology skills necessary in today’s schools, preparing you for specialized, in-demand careers.

Education, MA: Teacher Leadership Certificate

Transform your education career and help improve your institution as a leader with the Master of Arts in Education and Teacher Leadership Certificate online program from Lindenwood University.

Game Design, MA

The Master of Arts in Game Design provides students with the skills needed to thrive in a game studio environment and is comprised of high-level game design and production courses that prepares students for the industry.

Gifted Education, MA

Prepare to effectively teach gifted children. This CAEP-accredited program offers an add-on Missouri teaching certification and allows you to gain insight from multiple speakers throughout the year.

Higher Education, MA

Explore the various skills needed to excel in a teaching, administrative, or managerial career at a higher education institution through a sociocultural focus. Practicum and project components allow you to concentrate on an area of interest.

Human Resource Management, MA

The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management provides students with the skills needed to succeed in HR.

Instructional Technology, MA

Become an expert in an emerging field of education as you gain the skills to leverage modern technology to enhance the classroom learning experience.

Integrated Library Media & Technology, MA

The Master of Arts in Integrated School Library Media and Technology prepares currently certified teachers for work as a library/media specialist in K-12 schools.

Leadership, MA

Discover how to lead a small or large business through its organizational changes with this ACBSP-accredited program.

Non-Profit Administration, MA

Help make the world a better place and prepare for a leadership role at a non-profit organization through this customizable two-year program.

Studio Art, MA

The Master of Arts in Studio Art provides students with a firm foundation in critical theories and trends, as well as the practical application and problem solving involved in creating works of art.

Teaching Secondary Education, MAT

Earn your initial teaching certification in a secondary education content field in just two years through a CAEP-accredited curriculum.

Accountancy, MAcc

Examine the theories and practical skills of accounting as you prepare for the certified public accountant exam.

Business Administration, MBA

Become a business leader through a curriculum that examines case studies and contemporary issues. Specialize in one of several areas in this ACBSP-accredited program.

Writing, MFA

Focus on fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry as you design your own curriculum and take advantage of workshops, craft classes, and literature classes.

Writing, MFA: Creative Nonfiction

The Creative Nonfiction concentration is designed to improve your creative writing skills through workshops and writing classes taught by published authors. You’ll graduate ready to produce creative and engaging content in your career.

Writing, MFA: Fiction

Hone your fiction writing skills as you design your own curriculum across a range of courses – workshops, craft, and literature classes – in the Fiction concentration of the online MFA in Writing program.

Writing, MFA: Poetry

Enhance your poetry capabilities as you design your own curriculum and take advantage of workshops, craft classes, and literature classes in the online Poetry MFA in Writing program from Lindenwood University.

Healthcare Administration, MHA

Advance your career in the healthcare and human service industries and gain the skills for a leadership role. Accredited by the ACBSP.

Music Education, MME

Improve your teaching and music skills as you expand your knowledge of the field. Designed for certified K–12 educators.

Public Administration, MPA

Develop the interdisciplinary skills needed to pursue a career in government operations in 18 months. This program offers the ability to customize your curriculum with electives.

Criminal Justice Administration, MS

Learn from current criminal justice professionals as you prepare for a leadership role in the field of criminal justice through an accelerated curriculum.

Cybersecurity Management, MS

Build the skills for a lucrative and in-demand career leading technology teams. Study relevant, industry-driven coursework that blends business and technology skill sets.

Digital Marketing, MS

Prepare for a career in an emerging field in just two years. This program has the highest record of employment for all of our graduate programs.

Fashion Business & Entrepreneurship, MS

Acquire the skills to excel in the fashion industry or launch your own business and build a sense of community while interacting with other professionals.

Health Sciences, MS

Specialize in fitness and wellness through a curriculum that blends advanced education with scientific inquiry. No GRE score required for admission.

Information Technology Management, MS

Advance your career in information technology and prepare for a mid-level management role through a two-year, industry-driven curriculum.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lindenwood University is a Yellow Ribbon School and proud to be a Military Friendly School as we:

  • Go the extra mile to help military members navigate enrollment and graduation processes.
  • Provide an academic advisor who will answer questions and help ensure you move confidently forward in your studies.
  • Hire faculty members who are incredibly dedicated and teach in classrooms that usually have no more than 35 students in the classroom, often more like a 12 -to-1 student/professor ratio.
  • Staff a Veteran Affairs Office as a resource center for our military-affiliated students.

To check if you are eligible to receive benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At the bottom of the main page you will click on either service member benefits or family member benefits.

If you are a veteran, use the Find a Form link, search and complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. You will be mailed a COE in approximately 8 weeks.

To access your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), please sign in to your account. Once you log in to your account, you can make this request. You will only be able to view the benefit if you were awarded educational benefits.

Yes, if you provide documentation that you are eligible for the benefit, and that you have applied. However, only the Department of Veteran Affairs can determine eligibility for VA benefits. We are only estimating what they will pay. You will be responsible for any amount of your debt VA has determined they will not pay for. If you are unsure, wait until your COE is mailed to you.

Go to the VA’s education application page and follow their instructions.

You don’t. The Yellow Ribbon is part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and if you are qualified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% rate.

You can apply for grants, scholarships, and federal financial aid.See the Save Time & Money tab above for the many options available.

You can also apply for student federal aid: Lindenwood’s Federal school code is 002480.

Yes, you can. We are required to report the net tuition cost to the VA after applying grants, scholarships, discounts, etc. that apply to tuition. The balance is what VA will pay under chapter 33.

Request and provide an official copy of your JST or CCAF transcript during the admissions process along with your prior college transcripts and high school transcripts so they can be evaluated.

You can order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below. Please note that you will likely be prompted to manually accept the DoD’s security certificates.

It is possible. If you’re authorized to use more than one GI Bill® benefit you’re allowed to use up to 48 months of benefits, but one at a time. If you have used up your entire chapter 30 and have never used a different chapter (31, 32, 34, 35, 1606, or 1607) you could be eligible for an additional 12 months if you have not reached your delimiting date.

No. You will not receive a W-2 from the VA and benefits paid under any law administered by VA should not be reported as income to the IRS.

Please contact our School Certifying Official, Nia Spencer, at or 636.627.2922.

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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at